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Man pleads not guilty to murdering Makiki neighbor

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                                A small memorial is seen Dec. 15, 2019 near where Gloria Takaoka was fatally shot near her Green Street apartment in Makiki.

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    A small memorial is seen Dec. 15, 2019 near where Gloria Takaoka was fatally shot near her Green Street apartment in Makiki.

Ernest Gilbert Romero, who is charged with murdering his Makiki neighbor, pleaded not guilty today in Circuit Court, while a judge confirmed his bail at $1 million.

Romero, 74, is accused of fatally shooting 71-year-old widow Gloria Takaoka outside an apartment at 1099 Green St.

He was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder.

On Dec. 14, police officers found Takaoka with multiple gunshot wounds. She later died at a hospital.

He allegedly fired shots at another neighbor, 79-year-old Robert Barros, after shooting Takaoka, but missed. Romero, known to be argumentative among neighbors, turned himself in to police that afternoon.

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